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Old friends: Caroline Chua

This term, we’re going to find out what some of the students who left SKG last year are up to. Do pray for them as we hear what’s going on, and we hope that their experiences will help us know what to expect when we move on from student life.

Caroline, what have you been up to the last term?

Since graduating, I’ve been working in tax consulting (an entirely different beast from tax collecting, whatever Clement tells you!) – it’s a bit of a steep turnaround after four years of chemistry, but I’m enjoying it so far.

What have been some of the challenges?

I’ve been incredibly blessed in that before I started working, older and wiser people took the time to help me think about some of the things that would change when I stopped being a student. How can you trust God with the next step when you’re not sure what or even where it is? What do you do when you have less flexibility with your time, and how do you prioritise your church family? How do you use money wisely when you actually start earning some? What are some of the pressures and ethical dilemmas in the workplace, and how do you cope as a Christian? All that jazz, and more.

How has your time at SKG equipped you for what you're doing now?

The answer to all those issues ultimately simmers down to God, and having a relationship with Him - a privilege which is AMAZING! When you try to hold that perspective, things tend to slot into the right place. It also means you get to hang out with His family, which is really what SKG was to me. Listening to thought-provoking talks, sharing a meal, opening the Bible together – you get to know God better, love Him more and make awesome friends along the way.

Is there anything you want to say to the current students?

If there’s one thing I wish I’d done more of early on, it would be this: prayer. Try and get in a prayer triplet or small group, and just hang out, get to know each other, and pray. Sure, it’ll take time and trust, but it is SO WORTH IT! These girls have been the biggest source of support and encouragement to me. Just a few weeks worth of jotting down prayer requests and we were already commenting (surprise!) on how God was answering them.

Also, your small group leaders are probably going to throw tangerines at me for saying this, but they’re a wise bunch [we didn't ask her to say that! - ed] and if there’s something you’re worried about, they’ve probably been through it! Quiz them - they love it. And you can learn loads.